This weekend’s Subaruing adventure took me to Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ. Saguaro National Park is actually two parks, West and East and are about fourth-five minutes apart. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I only explored the Tucson Mountain District.
While there, I checked out the visitor’s center and stamped my passport (and bought some souvenirs). At the visitor’s center, there is a great interpretive area where you can learn a lot about the giant Saguaro and how the park is protecting these species. Outside the Visitor’s center is a the Cactus Garden Trail, a paved and easy way to explore. Also leading from the visitor’s center is a trail through a wash area. It’s short and circles the facility so be sure to check it out while you’re there. After that, I headed over to the very scenic Bajada Loop drive. This is an unpaved, five mile road that is one-way in places. The road is unpaved, but is passable to almost all motor vehicles. There are some rough spots, but drive slow and you’ll be fine. The AWD Subaru totally owned this one! From this road, I explored two trails, the Valley View Overlook Trail (about a mile round-trip) and the short trail over at Signal Hill. Valley View is a great desert hike and is easy for anyone. The view at the end is epic! I had to cut my visit short due to rain and dust coming in.